Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen proved at last night’s Super Bowl that she’s more than just a pretty face. She’s also a parent with a few lessons in her arsenal. Bundchen, wife to New England Patriots quarterback and 5-time Super Bowl champ Tom Brady, is also mom to his 5-year-old daughter, 8-year-old son, and stepmom to his 10-year-old son. After the Patriot’s surprise loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last night, it was Bundchen who was on kid-comforting duty.
Though she’s known for wearing much less, Gisele Bundchen proved that she clearly has no problem putting on her big girl panties and MOMMING UP.
Here’s what happened: USA Today reports that after the Patriots, who are known for their Brady-led comebacks, lost to the Eagles 41-33, Bundchen’s children Vivian and Benjamin had tears rolling down their sweet little cheeks. Bundchen responded by wiping their eyes and encouraging them to try to muster up some happiness for the Eagles, whose first-time Super Bowl win will go down in history.
““They haven’t won in a million years,’’ Bündchen said to her little ones.”Their whole life, they never won a Super Bowl. You have to let someone else win sometimes.’’ At one point daughter Vivian wailed sadly, “The Eagles won the Super Bowl!” For little Vivian, only five years old, her dad not winning the Super Bowl just didn’t fit into her world view. The child can NEVER remember a time when Tom Brady wasn’t the Super Bowl champion. Knowing this, her mom responded kindly with, “Just this time. Daddy won five times. They never won before.”
Soon after, Brady came to see his family and the kids squealed in delight, their disappointment temporarily forgotten. But Gisele Bundchen wasn’t done with her teachable moment just yet. As Brady headed off the to the locker room, she began congratulating members of the Eagles who passed by, showing her kids that players’ families can offer up good sportsmanship even in the time of disappointment.
Kudos to Gisele Bundchen for turning a hard moment for her family into a life lesson for her kids.
I think it’s important to note that Bundchen didn’t tell them NOT to be sad or disappointed — she validated their feelings while encouraging them, at the same time, to think about how others must feel. As the Brady kids will grow up with wealth and privilege, Bundchen is definitely RIGHT to teach her children empathy from the get-go.
Congrats to the Philadelphia Eagles on their historic win, and thanks to Gisele Bundchen for setting a great example for your kiddos. I have a feeling that they — and the Patriots — will recover from this loss just fine.
***Editor’s note: I’m not saying she’s perfect, but I think she did PRETTY DARN WELL in the moment – a HARD moment — and also? If she didn’t use the “perfect” words, let’s remind ourselves that English isn’t her first language and cut the mama some slack. I sure can’t speak Portugese.
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